Applications for the 2019 Undergraduate History Conference Due!

 History     Apr 7 2019 | 8:00 AM - 11:30 PM kh 200

Apply to the 2019 Undergraduate History Conference

The applications for the 2019 Undergraduate History Conference are now open to all students! All students are welcome to apply to be part of our showcase of undergraduate research on May 16. Apply before April 7th. 

The Undergraduate History Conference is an annual showcase of undergraduate research. Students can present work they have done on their own or in a class through a variety of mediums: oral presentations, posters, websites, dioramas, and more! Any piece of research that concerns history and uses historical methods, is welcome at our conference. The conference will be held on Thursday, May 16th.

Why Should I Apply?
1. Share your research beyond the classroom.
2. Get experience with public presentation.
3. Have conference experience that you can put on your CV for future graduate school & job applications.
4. Get feedback on your research.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit and complete the GoogleForm. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit a Research Abstract (max. 250 words). This should be a descriptive summary of your project and can include your topics, research methods, purpose, etc. If you aren't sure where to start, check out this guide from the USC library: Apply by Sunday April 7th!

What research can I present?
Your research can be from a class project or something you’ve done independently. Students commonly present course papers, projects from research seminars, and results of independent studies. You are also welcome to use this as an opportunity to present an independent research topic you’ve had an interest in but haven’t had a chance to explore in a course setting. Your research paper/project your basing your conference presentation on doesn’t need to be complete before you submit the application – you just need to be able to provide your research abstract (see question above).

What is the presentation actually like?
There are two main types of presentations: oral and visual. Oral presentations are 10-minute-long summaries of your work. You are encouraged to use some sort of projected visual (ex. powerpoint) during your oral presentation. Visual displays can include posters, dioramas, photo exhibits, websites, etc. In the application you will be asked to rate your preference for presentation type.

What if I am busy on the day of the conference?
We will be very flexible with your schedule. Oral presentations will likely span most of the day with a few different sessions. Once accepted for the conference, I will ask you for your availability and give you a presentation window. Even if you’re out of town on May 16th – you could still submit a visual display in advance and we will set it up for you!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Undergraduate Program Coordinator (and former conference presenter) Samantha Engler at, (949)824-8248 or by visiting the History Department Office in Krieger Hall 200.